Articles and blogs relevant to regenerative viticulture.
Super cool podcasts featuring Mimi Casteel, Nicole Masters, Adam Huss, Steve Matthiasson; Grgich Hills on the economics of RV, Troon on their approach; certification, microbes, regenerative hydrology, plus lots more
Cheeky Extra Newsletter
Bringing lots of French activity, plus some great ‘firsts’: first Savory Institute regen certified vineyard, first Australian ROC vineyard, first French regen certified vineyard. Plus cool vineyard helpers including pigs and barn owls
Here it is…. our first newsletter of the year. Full of fascinating articles, events, podcasts and scientific studies, including agroforestry in Champagne, field trials, studies and microbiome surveys around the world, our glossary of regenerative viticultural terms, and a great Farming for the Future interview with @johnkempf on ‘challenging regen ag assumptions’
by Jesper Saxgren, Trustee of the RVF and Board Member of EarthWays Nordic Centre for Regenerative Learning How do we understand ‘regenerative learning’ and define regenerative in its broadest conceptual sense? In EarthWays we see, regenerative learning as an ongoing process of learning, a reflective effort to engage openly and attentively in nature’s conversation and […]
“Regen Wrapped”, our round up of the popular items we’ve shared over the last year. Take a look to see what everyone else was learning about regenerative viticulture in 2023
This month we want to bring optimism and ways to be part of the solution: Porto Protocol’s Living Vineyards pilot project to restore vineyard ecosystems, Napa Green’s Weed Management Toolkit, Eco Vineyards’ Biodiversity Action Plan resources and much more
Bringing you inspiring regenerative practitioners, a great article on what’s going on in and around your vine roots, an EU study suggesting regen practices should be added to organic management and articles about agroforestry
The rhizosphere: what lies beneath
What does a vine root know and how does it know it? Fascinating article by Roger Morris for the World of Fine Wine. The right side of geeky but delves right down into what is going on with the vine roots. Latest scientific thinking. Just great.
On water and how you can use regen practices to get your soil acting like a sponge to avoid the flood-drought cycle. Also on how Indigenous people have been practising ‘regenerative agriculture’ for centuries. There are also links to fascinating interviews (Gabe Brown, Mary Retallack, Zach Weiss), great blog posts and some beautiful photo-reportage.
Climate Change: the water paradigm
3 minute video by Jimmy Einstein explaining really simply why regenerating the soil can stop the drought-flood cycle
Gabe Brown interview
Gabe Brown explains how, if you pay attention and do things properly, you can reap the benefits of regenerative practices in a much shorter period of time than most believe they can By Growing Resilience
Vidacycle RV series #3: Abby Rose in conversation with Mary Retallack
We’re excited to share our third conversation from the new season with the amazing Mary Retallack. Mary is an agro-ecologist with many years of experience working & applying an ecological approach to viticulture, with a particular interest in native insectary plants and their potential in biocontrol. Mary runs her own small vineyard and consultancy Retallack […]
Video from IMW Symposium ’23
90 minute video of our ‘Farming for the Future’ panel – widely held to be one of the stand-out sessions of the IMW Symposium. 04 mins 50 secs Justin Howard-Sneyd MW‘Does viticulture have a problem?’, proposing that solutions lie in adopting RV practices 19 mins 40 secs Mimi Casteel4.5 billion years of evolutionary history, with […]
Decanter article on Regenerative Viticulture
If you’re wondering how regenerative is different to conventional, organic and biodynamic grape growing, look no further. Rupert Joy’s ‘Down to Earth’ report covers it all: what’s wrong with the way we’ve been farming grapes for decades, what regen does differently, who’s doing it and what certification schemes are out there. A must read.
Includes links to the latest controversy – carbon insetting. Plus a funded programme in the USA building a contintental-scale soil carbon inventory, acoustic probes for listening to earthworms in the soil, contour farming and much more
VidaCycle Regenerative Viticulture Series #3: Abby Rose in conversation with Sérgio Nicolau
We’re excited to share another conversation from the new season – the brilliant Sérgio Nicolau, fifth generation regenerative viticulturist and agronomist in Portugal. Sérgio has turned his family’s vineyard from conventional to organic, and in the last few years transitioned to fully regenerative. He has had great success with his cover cropping to improve water […]
VidaCycle Regenerative Viticulture Series #3: Mimi Casteel in conversation with Abby Rose
New conversations with brilliant viticulturists, to discuss regenerative experiments on the vines – successes, failures & learnings along the way. The first conversation of the new season is with Mimi Casteel, one of the trustees of the RVF. Mimi grew up working on the vineyard and winery of her parents, Bethel Heights, before studying forest […]
Catch up with what we’ve been up to recently – and what’s caught our eye. Includes videos of the Groundswell sessions on RV, a simple factsheet on how carbon is sequestered in the soil, information on the EcoVineyards scheme in Australia, Rodale Institute’s summer events in the USA and more…
Becky’s Blog: UK regen viticulturists’ farm visit, Harrow & Hope
June saw the first of what we hope will be many RVF farm visits. The truly generous folk at Harrow & Hope in the UK invited 20 regen-minded vineyard owners and managers along to check out what regenerative viticulture looks like on their farm. When we finally stopped debating, we had a tour with Harrow […]
In depth article on what the RVF is all about
‘RVF looks to shake up winemaking’ by Richard Siddle in The Buyer, June 2023. Stephen Cronk sets out what the organisation is all about and the steps it has already taken to get wine producers and growers around the world looking to farm and manage their vineyards differently
The secret life of fungi in vineyards
Beneath our feet lies a complex underworld kingdom. Soil is the foundation that allows viticulture to be possible and fungi keep this network alive. Aliya Whiteley’s potted history of fungi in vineyards, as published in RVF founding supporters Berry Bros and Rudd’s No.3 magazine page 16-17
We dish the dirt on dirt, in particular soil health and how mycorrhizal fungi can improve drought resistance
Old Vine Registry
This crowd-sourced global database of living historic vineyard sites has been set up to increase awareness of old vines. From a regenerative viewpoint, old vines are great as they are so much more resilient and don’t need irrigation.